February 13th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, February 13th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 28 regular members in attendance along with three guests, one of whom became a member. Thanks guys for visiting with us and to our new member!!

MEETING SCHEDULE:

March 12th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th: The “pre-show POW WOW” meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 30th-May 1st: SHOW TIME!! Pheasant Run Mega Center, Saturday 10:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Sunday 9:00 A.M.- 5 P.M.

May: T.B.A.

June: T.B.A.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated

NEW BUSINESS:

The Chicago tax proposal on tobacco, championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel was RESOUNDINGLY DEFEATED by the members of the Chicago City Counsel last week. The counsel members felt that there was already enough “bootlegging” of tobacco products in the city-and didn’t want more!! However, Emanuel plans to keep bringing this up for vote every month until he wins and gets what he wants!! Welcome to democracy, just keep voting until you get your own satisfaction if it doesn’t go in your favor…

SHOW REPORT:

The 2016 Chicago Show has been sold out since the third week in December, a new show record!! We have many MANY new exhibitors this year. As of now, we have an exhibitor “waiting list”. The CPCC officers are trying to get MORE tables into the “Mega Center”. We could really use an extra 25-30 tables for the exhibitors that don’t have one. More information as it becomes available.

UPDATE ON PHEASANT RUN ROOM AVAILABILITY:

The hotel STILL has “Tower” and “Golf” rooms available with SINGLE king sized beds. However, the rooms with TWO king sized beds in them are gone!! The Hilton Hotel across the road from Pheasant Run still may have some double bed rooms.

The hotel is filling up rapidly, so again, don’t wait to reserve your room!! You can still reserve a Tower or Golf Wing room by using the link OR phone numbers below…

https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1350331&hotelID=2932   OR

1 (800) 474-3272   OR   1 (630) 584-6300

Also, the hotel is opening up a VERY limited number of the “Courtyard Rooms” (about 15 in all), in the “B” Wing which have patios and balconies, (you can smoke in these areas and not get fined $150.00 for smoking in your room!!).

However, the “Courtyard” rooms CAN NOT be reserved from the internet link!! You MUST CALL to reserve a room by using the phone numbers previously mentioned.

PIPE MAKING SEMINAR:

There are still a few positions left in our annual pipe making seminar. This seminar is a lot of fun to take (the instructors can be rather funny at times), and you get a “hands-on” education on how pipes are made. It will give you a real appreciation of what your favorite carvers have to do to make the pipes you like so much!!

The seminar takes place on Wednesday April 27th and Thursday April 28th. It starts at 9 A.M. and ends at 5 P.M. with an hour for lunch (12-1) both days. Contact Craig Cobine at porshcigar@aol.com for more information.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary

Update on Pheasant Run room availability

The hotel still has Tower and Golf rooms available with SINGLE king sized beds-these ARE NOT TWO king sized beds in the SAME room!!

The hotel is filling up quickly, so don’t wait to reserve your room!!! You can reserve the Tower and Golf Wing rooms either by using the internet link below, or by calling the phone numbers provided.

https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1350331&hotelID=2932

OR

1 (800) 474-3272

1 (630) 584-6300

Also, the hotel is opening up a VERY limited number of the Courtyard rooms in the “B” Wing which have patios and balconies. There are only 15 rooms, so call and reserve NOW!!

However, the Courtyard rooms can NOT be reserved from the internet link. You MUST call to reserve a Courtyard room by using the above phone numbers.

 

PIPE MAKING SEMINAR

The dates for the Seminar are April 27th and 28th from 9 A.M.-5 P.M. with an hour break at noon for lunch.

The Chicago Pipe Show is now taking reservations for the 2016 pipe making seminar. 12 applicants will be accepted for the seminar on a first come/first served basis. This year, the cost of the seminar is $125.00 PAID IN ADVANCE to confirm your reservation. Each participant will receive a pre-drilled briar block with stem. During the seminar, the participants will be taught and assisted in the finishing of a complete pipe by world famous pipe makers. Lee Von Erck is the lead instructor. This year, there will be more demonstrations of pipe making techniques, and Joe Nelson will join the many great pipe makers who instruct our participants each year. Rex Poggenpohl and Mike Butera will also be there. The pipe that you complete is yours to take home. To reserve your place in the seminar, please email Craig Cobine at porshcigar@aol.com . If possible, the instructors also plan to demonstrate disc grinder shaping and stem turning.

This seminar fills up rapidly. so the time to make your reservation is NOW!!!

The 2016 Chicago Pipe show is SOLD OUT of Exhibitor tables

The Chicago pipe show is SOLD OUT of Exhibitor tables!! However, you may wish to get on our “waiting list” by filling out an exhibitor form as we do at times have cancellations. This DOES NOT guarantee that you will get a table.

We do have tickets available for the Saturday night “cigar dinner”. Please contact us for more information…

January 16th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, January 16th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 30 regular members in attendance along with three guests who subsequently became members. Thanks guys, for joining the club!! We also had one of our long time member whom we haven’t seen in a while attend, welcome back Kirk!!

MEETING SCHEDULE:

February 13th, 2016: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

March 12th, 2016: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th, 2016: The pre-show “POW WOW” meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: Upcoming tobacco blending event.

The Humidor of Westmont

225 Ogden Ave.

Westmont, IL. 60559

Phone:  (630) 789-8300

The Humidor will be hosting a tobacco blending event sponsored by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

They will be featuring Lane and Stokkebye tobaccos.

It will be held Sunday, January 24th, 2016 from 5-9 P.M.

Soft drinks, coffee, water and pizza will be provided.

This is an “after hours” event, and you MUST R.S.V.P. to tim@humidorcigarlounge.com

Come and try your hand at blending tobaccos!!

CHICAGO TAX PROPOSAL:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an OTP increase to pay for a one week summer transition program for all incoming high school freshmen, and two weeks of summer school for eighth graders identified as “drop-out” risks.

Specifically, the tax plan includes:

15 cents on EVERY mini cigar.

90 cents on EVERY full sized cigar.

$6.60 on EVERY ounce of roll-your-own tobacco including PIPE TOBACCO.

$1.80 on EVERY ounce of smokeless chewing tobacco sold in cans.

Obviously,  this proposal will not only drive business outside the city limits, and to the internet, and is bound to fall short of the $6 million dollars that it will need to support the special interest programs of Mayor Emanuel!! This only applies to the City of Chicago for now, but where will it end?

For more information, please go to the Cigar Association of Illinois OR contact Julie Neumann at julie@cigarsandmore OR (847) 980-8901.

Why should this be of any concern to you? It will drive establishments like Iwan Ries or Up down Tobacco Shop out of business, or at least put a SEVERE hurt on them!!

SHOW REPORT:

THE 2016 CHICAGO PIPE SHOW IS SOLD OUT!!! Thank you to ALL of our exhibitors who are attending the 2016 show!!! However, we always have cancellations for whatever reasons, so please feel free to send in an exhibitor form (or email our website with your information), and you will be placed on our waiting list.

PIPE MAKING SEMINAR:

The Chicago Pipe Show is now taking reservations for the 2016 pipe making seminar. 12 applicants will be accepted for the seminar on a first come/first served basis. This year the cost of the seminar is $125.00 PAID IN ADVANCE to confirm your reservation. Each participant will receive a pre-drilled briar block with stem. During the seminar, the participants will be taught and assisted in the finishing of a complete pipe by world famous pipe makers. Lee Von Erck is the lead instructor. This year, there will be more demonstrations of pipe making techniques, and Joe Nelson will join the many great pipe makers who instruct participants each year. Rex Poggenpohl and Mike Butera will also be there. The pipe that you complete is yours to take home. To reserve your place in the seminar, please email Craig Cobine at porshcigar@aol.com . If possible, the instructors also plan to demonstrate disc grinder shaping and stem tenon turning.

This seminar fills up rapidly, so the time to make your reservation is NOW!!!

PHEASANT RUN RESORT:

We suggest that you make your 2016 hotel reservation sooner than later!! We have been advised that the “Courtyard” rooms WILL NOT be available for occupancy in 2016!! The “Tower” and the “golf” rooms are the ONLY rooms that will be available. Your stay at Pheasant Run helps the Chicago Show to continue. So PLEASE help us, and stay at Pheasant Run for the show!! The Pheasant Run website is www.pheasantrun .com . For reservations, call (630) 584-6300, and be sure to mention the Chicago Pipe Show for the special rate of $155.00/night. You can also use the following link for reservations…

https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1350331&hotelID=2932

IF you are flying into either Chicago O’Hare INTL. or Midway airports, you can contact A-1 Airport Limousine Service Inc.. Their website is

www.a1limousine.com OR you may call (630) 833-3788 for reservations.

Many show participants use A-1 year after year, so be sure to mention that you are willing to share a ride to Pheasant Run.

TRENT McCRANIE: Will NOT be attending this year’s show. The CPCC family hopes to see Trent at next year’s show.

Tom Dinelli,

CPCC Club Secretary

 

Meeting Schedule

 

March 12th, at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th, at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

May: T.B.A.

June T.B.A.

November 14th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, November 14th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 24 regular members in attendance along with three guests. Thank you guys for coming to attend our meeting!

MEETING SCHEDULE:

December 12th: Christmas Party!!! this is NOT a regular meeting!!! Catering will be provided by  B.B.Q. Jim (the same gentleman as last year) and was it ever GOOD!!! Please bring your “significant others” with you to our party. Prizes will be given out, along with a raffle. 6:30-10:00 P.M.

January 16th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

February13th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated

NEW BUSINESS: The 8to8 Cigar Shop’s annual Christmas sale will be held on December 4th, 5th and 6th. 20 representatives from the various cigar manufacturers will be there on Friday only. Cigars will have 35-45% discounts. 25% off on ALL Dunhill cigars!! Dunhill pipe tobacco will also be on sale!! There will also be raffles and giveaways to those who attend…

Craig Cobine, our Show Director is still in the Springs of Monarch Landing Rehabilitation Center. The good news is that Craig’s doctors are planning for Craig’s release on or about January 1st. Can’t wait to have Craig back at home!!!

Mark Drysdale, one of our long time members, passed away Tuesday, November 10th from injuries sustained after falling off of a ladder. Mark will surely be missed not only by myself, but also by many in the pipe community-he was a GREAT GUY!!

SHOW REPORT:

As of this writing, we have 189 tables sold with more being taken almost every day. 175 of the 210 rooms at Pheasant Run Resort and Hotel are now taken, and we are WAY AHEAD of last year’s bookings. If you want a room at Pheasant Run, I wouldn’t wait to get your reservation in.

We also have many new pipe carvers that will be attending our show this year. I have 3 new carvers from Italy, 2 from Turkey, 1 from Brazil and 2 from Beijing, China so far. I’ll keep you all posted as new carvers are added to the list…

There WILL NOT be a Cigar Event this year at our show.

Also, there WILL NOT be a New Orleans Pipe Show in 2016. However, there may be one held in 2017.

The CPCC show officers will be having a show meeting in a few weeks, and one of the subjects to be discussed will be the Advanced Pipe Making Seminar. At this point, we need to determine if there will even BE a seminar, or if it will have to be postponed until next year. More information as it becomes available to me…

St. Louis Pipe Show:

The show’s date has been set for February 20th, 2016 at the Masonic Temple in Webster Groves, Missouri. The primary hotel will be the Best Western in Kirkwood/Sunset Hills MO.. If you mention the show, the hotel rate is $114.00/night until three weeks before the show. There are also four other hotels nearby whose rates are a little less…

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Secretary